• (Australian rules football) An appeal by the crowd for holding the ball against a tackled player. This is heard almost any time an opposition player is tackled, without regard to whether the rules about "prior opportunity" to dispose of the ball are fulfilled.

    "2007: A good tackle (and some bad ones) will bring a cry of "Ball!" from the crowd – a plea for a holding the ball free kick. — AFL Sydney Swans Rules Zone [1]"


  • (baseball) A pitch that falls outside of the strike zone.
  • (soccer) A pass; a kick of the football towards a teammate.
  • A solid or hollow sphere, or part thereof.

    "a ball of spittle; "

  • Courage.

    "I doubt he’s got the balls to tell him off."

  • A jacketed non-expanding bullet, typically of military origin.
  • The globe; the earthly sphere.
  • An object, generally spherical, used for playing games.
  • (informal) A very enjoyable time.

    "I had a ball at that concert."

  • Any simple game involving a ball.

    "The children were playing ball in the garden."

  • (cricket) A single delivery by the bowler, six of which make up an over.
  • Nonsense.

    "That’s a load of balls, and you know it! — Synonyms — See Wikisaurus:nonsense"

  • (ballistics) A solid, spherical nonexplosive missile for a cannon, etc.
  • (farriery, historical) A large pill, a form in which medicine was given to horses; a bolus.
  • (anatomy) The front of the bottom of the foot, just behind the toes.
  • (mathematics, more generally) The set of points in a topological space lying within some open set containing a given point; the analogue of the disk in a Euclidean space.
  • A formal dance.
  • Any simple game involving a ball.

    "The children were playing ball on the beach."

  • (pinball) An opportunity to launch the pinball into play.

    "If you get to a million points, you get another ball."

  • (mildly vulgar, slang, chiefly in the plural) A testicle.
  • A quantity of string, thread, etc., wound into a spherical shape.

    "a ball of wool; "

  • (printing, historical) A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle called a ballstock; formerly used by printers for inking the form, then superseded by the roller.
  • A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body.

    "the ball of the thumb; "

  • (mathematics) The set of points in a metric space lying within a given distance (the radius) of a given point; specifically, the homologue of the disk in a Euclidean space of any number of dimensions.
  • (sports) The use of a round or ellipsoidal object.


  • (transitive) To form or wind into a ball.

    "to ball cotton"

  • (slang, usually in present participle) To be hip or cool.
  • (transitive, intransitive) To gather balls which cling to the feet, as of damp snow or clay; to gather into balls.

    "The horse balls; the snow balls."

  • (metalworking) To heat in a furnace and form into balls for rolling.

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